Getting Men Involved
Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), that both men and women contract and spread. 2009 also saw the FDA approval of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, for boys, an indication that HPV also affects men’s health and it is time to involve men in the discussion. “Cervical cancer is nearly 100% preventable” said Emily Blistein, the Hicks Foundation’s former Executive Director “We have focused our outreach to women, but we believe men can be part of the solution.”
Attend an Event
The Hicks Foundation, which hosts the annual Cinderfella – an event that lets men step up to auction off their skills to fund cervical cancer eradication – is committed to involving men in their education work to eradicate cervical cancer.
“Men have every reason to get involved…Learn about HPV and cervical cancer. Share what you learn with the women in your life and make sure they’re getting screened regularly for cervical cancer.” said Ryan Townsley, a past Cinderfella and current Hicks Foundation Board member.
Support Our Cause
Men often stop me and ask how they can get involved” said Allison Hicks, a cervical cancer survivor and founder of The Hicks Foundation,“ many have mothers, sisters or girlfriends who have had an abnormal result and they want to know more and do more to help.